Mary Jo Kilroy Speaking at Hoodies and Headscarves: Remembering Trayvon Martin and Shaima Alawadi
On Wednesday night I attended a rally and candlelight vigil at OSU. The event was called, Hoodies and Headscarves: Remembering Trayvon Martin and Shaima Alawadi. Part of the reason I attended was because of the date it occurred on. April 4th is the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and I think it’s important for people who care about equality and social justice to mark that date with solidarity actions. Here’s the video I created…
An incident occurred at the rally/vigil that I’m still in the process of investigating and will be writing a follow up post about. An individual was detained by the police for behaving in a way that many of those who were attending the vigil felt traumatized and threatened by. His behavior in the context of the event appears to show multiple bias indicators, therefore some consider his actions to be hate speech or a hate crime. Witnesses say the individual had announced on the Facebook Page for the event that he was planning to come to the event wearing red in honor of George Zimmerman.
Some time on Thursday morning, someone spray painted, “Long Live Zimmerman” on the side of the Ohio State’s Hale Black Cultural Center. On Thursday evening I attended a Crime Response Meeting at Hale Center.
The speaker I resonated with the most was Dr. Leslie Alexander, Associate Professor, African American and African Studies at OSU. She has a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. and Ph.D, Cornell University. She’s an expert in African American and African Diaspora history; Black Nationalism; culture and resistance; political activism and identity; Early African American history; 19th-Century Black Political Thought; Black History Through Contemporary Film; Black Protest Thought.
She said the vandalism at Hale Center was a hate crime. You can listen to her powerful message in this video…
Please sign this petition. The more we show solidarity, the less vulnerable people will be to those who want to harm them. Please take a moment to show which side you stand on. Bullies don’t quit until they see the crowd is not endorsing their actions, but is instead, standing on the side of the victims and endorsing equality.
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
~ Reverend Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
To support the students and activists who are working to make OSU an increasingly welcoming and safe place for all people, there are a number of things you can do. One is you can tweet your support using the hashtag #OSUStandYourGround. To find out other ways, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know you want to help.